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Tour of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

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The Canary Islands consist of seven Spanish islands such as: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife. These islands attract tourists for the warm year round weather and beach resorts. There are also two small islands named Hierro and Gomera that have no tourist resorts as of yet.

The islands are the tips of a vast volcanic mountain range in the Atlantic Ocean. Four of Spain's seven national nature reserves are on the islands.

Gran Canaria has many small resorts close to each other, with regular buses and inexpensive taxis allowing tourists to base at one resort, and visit many others.

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Flights take about 4 hours between UK Airports and Gran Canaria Airport.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Gran Canaria Airport and UK Airports such as: Birmingham . Bournemouth . Bristol . Cork . Dublin . East Midlands . Edinburgh . Glasgow/Prestwick . Liverpool . London/Luton . London/Stanstead . Manchester .

See Gran Canaria Airport / Wiki for information on other airlines that fly there. This airport is situated about 15 miles south of Las Palmas. Buses operate between the airport and some major towns, including the tourist resorts on a regular basis. Bus Information . Airport Transfers . Google Map .

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Gran Canaria is a popular island in the sun with a climate suitable for year round holidays.

The capital is Las Palmas situated about 12 miles north of the Airport with the Beach Resort Towns situated around the island such as:

Bahia Feliz about 16 miles south of the Airport.

San Agustin about 17 miles south of the Airport.

Playa del Ingles about 20 miles south of the Airport.

Meloneras about 21 miles south of the Airport.

Puerto Rico about 30 miles southwest of the Airport.

Amadores about 31 miles southwest of the Airport.

Playa del Cura about 33 miles southwest of the Airport.

Playa Taurito about 34 miles southwest of the Airport.

Puerto de Mogan about 36 miles southwest of the Airport.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the largest city in the Canary Islands, a popular tourist destination.

The city has three good beaches, many tourist attractions, and a good veriety of hotels.

Canteras Beach, as seen left, is a 2 mile long golden beach in the centre of the city.

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The Port of Las Palmas attracts many of the world's largest cruise ships.

The port is also used by ferries travelling to other Canary Islands such as Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma and El Hierro.

Sailing is a popular pastime and sport at Las Palmas.

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Santa Ana Cathedral is situated in the Vegueta quarter of Las Palmas, about 2 miles south of the port in a large scenic Plaza.

This was the first church in the Canaries, built for Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon, after their conquest of Gran Canaria in 1478.

Construction began about 1500 and took about 400 years to complete. With the church being built over such a long period, it has some Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassical designs.

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Bahia Feliz is situated about 12 miles south of the Airport.

This is the first resorts south of the airport. The resort is modern with a good mixture of hotels and apartments. The beaches are dark sand and the area is known for strong winds and fairly high waves, making it the ideal for the windsurfing school at the resort.

Bahia Feliz streatches for over 4 miles along the coast with a prom that runs the full length, some gardens and park areas are spread throughout.

Most of the shops, restaurants, bars and clubs are situated in the old village in the middle of the resort. The Sioux City wild west theme park is situated to the south of the resort.

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San Agustin is situated about 17 miles south of the Airport.

This fairly quiet, relaxing resort has a good selection of large hotels and apartments, most of a high standard.

The three beaches here are dark sand, the one furthest south has a number of water sports.

The resorts promenade is about 6 miles long, running all the way to the more lively neighbouring resort of Playa del Ingles.

The centre of the resort has a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars. There are also a good selection of bars and restaurants along the beach side.

The Sioux City wild west theme park is situated to the north of the resort.


Playa del Ingles is situated about 20 miles southwest of the Airport.

This is the largest and liveliest holiday resort on Gran Canaria with a number of beach and water sport activities, also, the most vibrant nightlife on the island.

The resort is popular with the 18 - 30s at the height of summer, and all ages the rest of the year. It attracts many tourists from the UK and most other northern European countries.

The Aqualand water park is situated about 4 miles northwest of the town, Reviews.

The Meloneras Golf Course is situated a few miles south.

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Meloneras is situated about 24 miles southwest of the Airport, next to the resort of Maspalomas, and just south of Playa del Ingles.

This is a fairly new, relaxing resort with many 4 and 5 star hotels, apartments and villas. There is a lighthouse where the beaches of Meloneras and Maspalomas meet.

The Costa Meloneras is one of the largest hotels, 4 star with 1,500 rooms and its own stretch of beach.

The Aqualand water park is situated about 4 miles north of the town, Reviews.

The Meloneras Golf Course is situated by the town.


Puerto Rico is situated about 31 miles southwest of the Airport.

This is a lively holiday resort with a sandy beach situated between two small harbours. Most of the hotels and apartments are built into the hillsides, many with fantastic views. The enclosed setting leads to this resort being one of the warmest on the island.

There are a good selection of water sports available at the beach and harbours, including various boat excursions and sailing.

The resort has a large number of shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars with entertainment such as quizzes, karaoke, cabaret and even darts competitions.

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Amadores is situated about 1 mile west of Puerto Rico, 32 miles southwest of the airport.

This resort is also built into the hills, overlooking a bay with a golden sand beach, protected by a breakwater. Amadores has two shopping centres and a good selection of restaurants and bars.

This is a more relaxing resort with visitors discouraged from playing ball games on the beach or listening to music.

The beach is popular with families with young children and couples looking for a romantic break, sometimes referred to as lovers beach.

A cliff-top path leads to the resort of Puerto Rico, about a 20 minute walk. You have to travel to Puerto Rico for water sports, boat trips and livelier entertainment.


Playa del Cura is situated about 1 mile west of Amadores, about 33 miles southwest of the airport.

This is another small, quiet holiday resort built on the cliff sides lining the coast, and overlooking a scenic bay. The beach is the original dark sand with pebbles, there has been no imported golden sand laid on this beach yet.

Playa de Cura is popular with people wanting a relaxing holiday. They have to travel the short distance to Puerto Rico for lively entertainment and water sports.

There are regular buses and inexpensive taxis for travel between the resorts.

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Playa Taurito is situated about 5 miles west of Puerto Rico, about 34 miles southwest of the airport.

This is another relaxing holiday resort built into the hills surrounding the scenic bay. The hotels and apartments on this resort are mainly of a high standard with pools and entertainment.

The beach is dark Canary Island sand, no imported golden sand yet. The beach has sunbeds for hire but no water sports.

Next to the beach is a huge circular public pool with many water features.

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Puerto de Mogan is the last holiday resort on the south coast, about 6 miles west of Puerto Rico, 35 miles southwest of the airport.

This is another scenic resort built into the hills surrounding the golden beach that is protected by a breakwater, port and marina. This resort has many low-rise apartments, so does not hold as many visitors as other resorts.

The port allows some excursions including a yellow submarine with windows to view the underwater world around the resort, small replica sailing ships that travel to the neighbouring resorts of Puerto Rico and Maspalomas, and deep-sea fishing boats can be hired to try and catch large game fish such as marlin and tuna.

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For more information on Gran Canaria, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Canaria.

Big Game Fishing out of Puerto Rico: www.bluemarlin3.com & www.marlincanariasportfishing.com

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